San Bernardino, CA– Artists are integral to healthy communities, bringing people together, building community, and working toward social change. Arts Connection's Annual Conference creates opportunities for this to happen, and in 2016 Fallen Fruit presented the keynote at the University of Redlands and planted the seed for this project. There was an incredible response to their talk, and many who heard it expressed their desire to see Fallen Fruit do a project in San Bernardino County. Together, Arts Connection and Fallen Fruit submitted grant applications to the California Arts Council, the San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission, and SoCalGas. We were successful in our applications, and are excited to share the programs that we have planned.
San Bernardino – The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced it plans to award $7,290 to Arts Connection as part of its new Artists Activating Communities program. The City of San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission also awarded Arts Connection funds in the amount of $8100, which acted as a matching grant, making this programming possible.